Paddy Campbell

Born in Dublin in 1942, Paddy Campbell loved drawing and painting from early childhood. At school he achieved honours in his art exams, and he attended courses at the National College of Art in Dublin during the 1960s. For a living Campbell turned to the culinary arts, and trained in catering in Dublin, London and Sweden before returning to Ireland to start his own business in contract catering in 1967. This blossomed into a successful enterprise, which took over Dublin’s famous Bewley’s cafe and coffee business in 1986.

In 1996 at the age of 54, Campbell decided to return to life as an artist and he began to spend his summers in Florence, studying painting and drawing at the Florence Academy and gradually “letting go” of his life as a ... READ MORE

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